There isn’t a single soul I’ve ever met who does not want to feel happy, healthy, loved and successful with purpose in life. The difference between those who find their place and those who remain lost is mindset; anyone, anywhere, at any time can change their world by changing their thoughts. If you look for negativity, no matter how rich or beautiful or successful you are, you will find it. Not everyone is on the same level- each human being has their own journey with their own struggles and should never be judged on how they handle it. But each person also always has something to be thankful for.

It’s easy to see the life of someone else, especially in this day and age of social media, and think they have it better than you- that if only you had what they have, you would be happy. Social media in particular can be considered a highlight reel, for lack of better terminology; people only show the best parts of their life that they want you to see, but it is only a fraction of what is actually going on behind the scenes. But the truth is, someone with a virtually perfect life living on a beach in Hawaii, happily married and working in their dream career, could be more unhappy than someone who is experiencing many challenges and difficulties in all aspects of their life, simply by their choice of perspective.

Even I find myself thinking, at times when I am feeling negative and down, that if only I looked a certain way or didn’t have to experience with the loss of my family members or start over in a new city with no friends, maybe I would never feel so low. When I find myself starting to spiral downwards into a cycle of potential negativity, what helps me the most is the ultimate truth and reminder that nothing of material and external source can make me feel better. The knowledge that only I can make myself happy, by looking inwards in meditation or moments of stillness in the moment, is the foundation to inner peace. I am so deeply grateful for my journey and how it has led me to inner peace and happiness that is not dependent on anything outside of myself.

As far as external circumstances go, contentment and gratitude is key. I am thankful for an outlet to explore my creativity and connect with others. I am blessed simply because I have no major illness or disability, because I have a roof over my head and never a shortage of food or clothing. I am grateful because I have family and friends who love me, and because I work in a stable career I love that brings me a sense of purpose every day. I am so content with everything I’ve been through- no exceptions. All the memories, experiences, and people I have met have played a role in the person I am today and that is irreplaceable.

“To be content does not mean you don’t desire more; it means you’re thankful for what you have and patient for whatever is to come.” -Anonymous


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